The Explorer’s March 5 issue hammered the Republican Arizona Legislature for introducing bills it disapproves of, adding, “It is these bills that drive me crazy.” Using a broad brush to paint political opponents in editorials is unfair.
Bills introduced in the Arizona Legislature become law after being scrutinized by all members who then vote for/against passage, which is how democracies work. Readers do not know the details for each bill. However, I’m sure residents in Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke and Maranawould complain to high heaven if neighbors are allowed to raise chickens in their backyards.
The editorial ended with, “All of these are strong points of why we need a lot more balance in every aspect of our government.” I agreed and sent this email to the Explorer: “Frustration with politics is high. Citizens are deeply divided. They yearn for ideas that would bring new direction to politics. Midterm elections this year are critical. The U.S. could become another Venezuela if Democrats gain the House in November and Hillary is elected in 2016. You could significantly boost voting by readers this year and in 2016 by devoting space to provocative articles that support all political preferences. Readers would be served best by The Explorer if allowed to express and read opinions on issues important to them. I can’t think of a more vital mission for a newspaper. If done in a smart, balanced manner, The Explorer could win awards.
My suggestion was rejected and when I offered to buy space in the paper, was told my article would cost $500, or abouts $2.50 per word.